This week we will study Philippians 3. Knowing Christ is the greatest adventure a person can endeavor to take. It is a lifelong quest for knowledge, wisdom, and intimacy with your Savior. Paul knew this. When Paul was saved and until his death, he continually sought to get closer to his Lord.
The title for the chapter is KNOWING CHRIST.
The key verses are 10 and 11.
10 That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death; 11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
No confidence in the flesh (1-6)
Warning about evil workers (1-2)
Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. 2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.
Paul gives reasons why he could trust in the flesh (3-6)
3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. 4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: 5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
Paul challenges his readers to beware of evil workers. Today we have individuals, groups, and even churches that try to disrupt the work of God. They never want you to speak the name of Jesus. They are afraid of the Son of God they say they do not believe. We must be aware and be ready to give an answer for the hope that is within us.
Then he tells the Philippians who he was. He had a very prestige’s pedigree. He was at the top of the religious Jews.
Tomorrow he will tell us what he thinks about his former life.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001